- Avoid distracting stimuli.
- Surround your child with good role models.
- Practice exercise breathing
- Make eye contact when speaking to your child.
- Keep punishment brief. For young children, start fresh every day; for teenagers, keep punishment time under a week.
- Kitchen timers are excellent for dressing, time out (never make time outs long), going to bed, study breaks, and so on.
- Praise your child frequently.
- Use “I” statements: I feel, I would, and so forth.
- Ask “feelings” questions: “how did you feel when…?”
- Problems always belong to more than one person. Watch blaming.
- Watch for teenagers’ reactions in hormonal fluctuations, depression, risks associated with driving, substance abuse, and so on.